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Inner Peace the way to external peace
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Linking Jews and Muslims with groups in Israel/Palestine to support the peacemakers

Posted on January 16, 2009 at 5:56pm 1 Comment


Thanks for the note today. For the last eight years i have been part of a number of interfaith groups with my special focus on Jewish Muslim dialogue. We are in the process of deepening the dialogue between members of Temple B'nai Torah, a reform congregation and IMAN a Muslim Shiite community. Twenty Jews and Muslims will be meeting for the 2nd time amidst the Gazan Israeli crisis.

My strategy is to:

1. To demonstrate to our Muslim friends that there are… Continue

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At 4:41am on January 21, 2009, Christine Quelch said…
Hello Philip,
I am hoping you can tell us a little about your idea of a just and fair settlement in Israel/Palestine,
At 6:47pm on January 18, 2009, Rebecca Tobias said…
I am would like to introduce you to in the States. You may wish to collaborate with a URI Cooperation Circle in your area to grow your regional interfaith programming. As a North American Global Trustee, I can avouch for their steadfast commitment and efficacy. Once a part of the URI Discussion boar, you'll be introduced to others around the world working to foster peace, and have the opportunity to share insights and ideas together.
At 5:41pm on January 15, 2009, Rami Ben Moshe said…
See a letter i have written to RC (Reevaluation Counseling):
Dear friends,

I spent this Saturday, doing two things that contradicted
some of my hopelessness and helplessness.
Most of the day I spent in Ilabun, an Arab village in
HaGalil (not far from Tiberya). A group of 20 people, Jews
and Arabs, met together for the first meeting of a series of
planned meetings, to plan and organize the next
Memorial-Day-Independence-Day-Nakba-Day workshop, due at the
end of April.
I came there with my wife, Yael, and my married daughter
Tali (the three of us have participated in the previous
workshop on Israel Day of Independence (in Hebrew "Yom
Ha-Atzma'ut") last year.
The meeting took place in a large living room at the house
of one of the Arab leaders of this group. The room has huge
windows facing a beautiful pastoral mountain landscape (you
could also see the city of Zefat). This is just, may be,
three hours drive from Gaza.
In the group of 20 people, we were 3 active RCers, plus my
wife and daughter who are not active in the community at the
I must tell you that it's far from being taken for granted
here to enter an Arab village these days, because of the
demonstrations there, some of which are quite violent.
The meeting started with activities that are very similar to
what we do in RC. We worked on feelings such as hurts,
denial, revenge, hatred, guilt feelings, blame and then
towards more rational thinking, hope and activism. There was
plenty of discharge.
Then we started to do the "real thing". We decided to divide
into teams (each responsible for things like fundraising,
logistics, media, contents etc.)
We decided that the entire group will meet monthly until the
end of April (The memorial day and the Day of Independence)
when the workshop is planned, and each team will meet as
needed and communicate thru emails and telephone.
I joined the contents team, especially focus on support
groups. (I think about leading a "healing from war, working
for peace" mini-workshop, like the ones we did in the World
Peace Forum, in Vancouver, 2006.) Any volunteers?

The meeting was very useful and we got much closer with each

>From there I drove straight to Tel Aviv, about two hours
drive, to join the evening anti-war demonstration. There
were thousands of people, Jews and Arabs, parading from
Kikar Rabin (Rabin square) to the cinemateque. I met several
RCers there and I know that there were others too. Hadar Lew
described some of what he had done there in his posting
earlier today (well-done, KOL HA-Kavod Hadar!). I must admit
that I didn't have the attention required to listen to the
right-wing demonstrators who were carrying huge flags of
Israel and were quite violent. I had good conversations with
friends and RCers.
I went home exhausted. Had a short skype chat with a close
RCer who expressed some less than enthusiastic feelings and
preferred to go to her bed.

I'd like to thank my good allies from abroad who offered to
share time with me. Tonight I discharged heavily with Ruth S
from England. Tomorrow morning I will have a session with
Terry S.
My distresses are almost completely over. I only need the
final touch...

I am trying to limit the dose of media tonight. Too hard to
watch what's going on there.

Good night and thanks for listening, especially to those of
you who have reached this point.


At 6:39pm on January 12, 2009, ismail abazied said…
thank for you
i wish if we can contact and work to gather
my e-mail is
i hope we can contact
ismail abazied
At 7:28am on January 12, 2009, Dr. Rassem Amash said…
Hi Philip,
Glad to see you in our community.
At 11:15am on January 5, 2009, Hiba said…


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At 8:56am on January 5, 2009, Eyal Raviv said…
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At 6:53am on January 5, 2009, Paul RETI said…

Hello Philip!...

Welcome to I hope that you will make a constructive and active and consistently ethical contribution to this community.

Peace, Salaam and aShalom...
... Paul R., Sydney, Australia


At 5:54am on January 5, 2009, Stewart Mills said…
Welcome to mepeace Philip.

It is great you bring experience in interfaith dialogue, a passion for music and are seeking ways to be peace.
At 1:30am on January 5, 2009, Jon Ramer said…
Hi Phil
This is what CAN can become if we work toward it. Very timely and meaningful. Welcome!


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